Friday, June 26, 2009
I saw this last night at the Landmark (LOVE that theatre!) and felt compelled to report. If you've heard of Polyface Farms or Michael Pollan, you probably have heard a lot of the information before, but it's still worth seeing. If you haven't heard of them, this is a MUST SEE film. Ignorance is bliss, and you will not walk out of this moving feeling blissful about the state of American food production.
I think what the film does best is show the far reaching effects of our food system. We basically have government subsidized fast food and corn-based products that are making our population increasingly unhealthy. This leads to a greater reliance on healthcare and medication. Gee, hmm, wonder who this benefits? The system is in dire need of drastic overhaul, and only a few seem to want to implement change. It is absolutely maddening, but the more people who really know the literal crap they are being fed, the more hope there is to change these practices for the better.
There are some great posts and articles relating to the film and it's message on their blog, Hungry for Change. The easiest way to protest our food system is to refuse to buy their product. Shop at your local farmers' market and make sure to buy local and organic at the grocery store.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
On a recent visit to Santa Ynez and it's environs, we made a visit to Alma Rosa Winery. We had sampled one of their fantastic wines at Upstairs 2 at the Wine House and were excited to see they offered tastings. In addition to offering am amazing wine, Alma Rosa has the following wonderful philosophy:
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards practices and promotes organic farming, sustainable agriculture, ecologically-responsible packaging and business practices, and green building. In addition it supports related earth-friendly causes such as the reintroduction of peregrine falcons to the Santa Ynez Valley and the international slow food movement.
We did the "pinot-only" tasting and were not disappointed. It was difficult to decide, but we finally narrowed it down to a few choices that we are eager to share with friends in the upcoming months!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It's that time of year again! Every June Grace Home Furnishings has a kick-ass sale. They have hundreds of pieces of high end furniture marked WAY DOWN, so go check it out. I'm posting their special "preveiw days" pass, so get in before the crowds do this Thursday and Friday. These two days aren't advertised, so you get the best selection before the masses descend Saturday morning.